BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt expressed hope that the reconciliation between leaders from the rival Fatah and Hamas movements in Palestine would be “final.”
“We hope that the Palestinian reconciliation this time will be final and radical to reunite the Palestinian ranks and establish a comprehensive political understanding between different Palestinian factions,” Jumblatt said in his weekly column published Monday by PSP-affiliated Al-Anbaa website.
He also hoped the Palestinians would agree on a mutual vision to confront Israel and end the "decline and losses" suffered by the Palestinian cause.
The Palestine Liberation Organization – internationally recognized as the sole representative of the Palestinian people – and the Islamist Hamas Movement that rules Gaza agreed last week to form a national consensus government within weeks, angering the U.S. and Israel.
Jumblatt also hailed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ stance rejecting the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.